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Rangers' clash at Motherwell brought forward to aid European campaign

Ibrox club requested fixture change so they could have more time to prepare for their Europa League semi-final.

SPFL grants Rangers’ request to bring forward Premiership clash at Motherwell SNS Group

Rangers’ match against Motherwell this weekend has been brought forward 24 hours, after the Ibrox club’s request was granted by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).

The Premiership clash at Fir Park will now take place at 12 noon on Saturday, April 23, in order to give Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side more time to prepare for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig.

The match had originally been scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 24.

A spokesperson for the SPFL said: “We received a request from Rangers to bring forward their game away to Motherwell, which was scheduled for Sunday 24 April, to the previous day, giving Rangers more time to prepare for their Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig.

“We are very pleased to be able to accommodate this request and the Motherwell v Rangers game will now be rescheduled to Saturday 23 April, with a 12 noon kick off.

“We would like to record our sincere appreciation to Motherwell FC, Sky Sports and Police Scotland for accommodating this change, and wish Rangers the very best of luck in their European campaign.”

Rangers are currently six points behind Premiership leaders Celtic, with five games of the season remaining.

They will also compete in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts on May 21.